Bryan's Law put in place to protect infants from neglect

A sign on the back window of a car.
A sign on the back window of a car.

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - The recent death of an infant served as a tragic reminder of the danger of hot vehicles during the summer months.

In Kentucky, a person could face second degree manslaughter for leaving a child under 8 years of age or an elderly person in a car when the circumstances lead to death. This is due to a Kentucky Revised Statute called Bryan's Law.

The bill was named in memory of Bryan Puckett, an 11-month-old child from Winchester, who died after he was left in a car by his babysitter for 2 hours in 1999.

That babysitter was found guilty of second degree manslaughter, but mentally ill after leaving Bryan locked inside the car while she shopped.

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